Paul Manafort is out of the Trump campaign. Manafort was brought in the last time Trump starting tanking in the polls, and was picked by Trump’s children, especially Ivanka Trump, who seems to be Trump’s favorite child. Manafort eventually took over the job of Corey Lewandowski, who was soon fired.
Now Manafort is out, in yet another shakeup. Trump has brought on a new campaign “CEO”, Stephen K. Bannon, who is the Chairman of Breitbart, the extreme right-wing website that basks in its many Hillary Clinton conspiracies, with one of the current ones being that Clinton has either epilepsy or Parkinson’s Disease.
Manafort resigned Friday morning as the chairman of Donald Trump’s campaign, following revelations he may have crossed legal lines with his work for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
In a statement released Friday morning, Trump said, “This morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign. I am very appreciative for his great work in helping to get us where we are today, and in particular his work guiding us through the delegate and convention process. Paul is a true professional and I wish him the greatest success.”
This resignation was not a surprise. It has now been uncovered that Manafort most likely committed a felony. On Thursday the Associated Press reported emails revealing a firm run by Manafort was directly responsible for a covert lobbying operation on behalf of political party ruling Ukraine at the time.
Neither Manafort nor his deputy, Rick Gates, disclosed their work as foreign agents, which is required under U.S. federal law, and their lobbying attempted “to sway American public opinion in favor of the country’s pro-Russian government” in various ways, including by gaining “positive press coverage of Ukrainian officials in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Associated Press” and “undercutting American public sympathy for the imprisoned rival of Ukraine’s then-president.”
Obviously Trump needed to separate himself from Manafort, as the news of Manafort’s crimes was taking up a lot of valuable airtime for Trump, and he couldn’t have that. Plus, it just PROVES that Trump is somehow, tangentially, working with the Russians, or at least sympathetic and swayed by them. Either way, it is NOT GOOD.
Do you think it was a good idea to fire Manafort? I mean, obviously he wasn’t successful, because Trump’s polls are as low as they’ve ever been.
Let us know in the comments below!